Harlan Ellison


Cauliflower Catnip Merch

Cauliflower Catnip embroidered patch

Excerpt from the tribute: “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

Shown here are the Cauliflower Catnip pinback button, embroidered patch, and plaster bust.

Joe stayed in touch with Harlan Ellison after Clarion, and in early 2017 sent him a copy of an H.P. Lovecraft portrait he’d drawn. Ellison responded, “What a hell of a portrait of Lovecraft! Still, I like the little pinback even more!”

Cauliflower Catnip pinback button

After casting a few of the CC busts, Joe found their production too time consuming, so only a handful were made. He tried hand-painting them but found the irregular surface of the plaster was too difficult to cover.

Cauliflower Catnip plaster bust

Joe’s bibliography appears on the Larque Press website.

Galaxy March 1970

Galaxy March 1970

Ejler Jakobsson: Man in Eternity
Algis Budrys: Galaxy Bookshelf
Harlan Ellison “The Region Between”
Leo P. Kelley “The Propheteer”
George C. Willick “A Place of Strange”
Robert Silverberg “Downward to the Earth” Part IV conclusion
Vaughn Bodé “Sunpot” (comic)
Robert F. Young “Reflections”

Galaxy Magazine Vol. 29 No. 6 March 1970
Publisher: Arnold E. Abramson
Associ. Publisher: Bernard Williams
Editor: Ejler Jakobsson
Editor Emeritus: Frederik Pohl
Science Editor: Donald H. Menzel
Feature Editor: Lester del Rey
Managing Editor: Judy-Lynn Benjamin
Art Director: Franc L. Roggeri
Assoc. Art Director: Jack Gaughan
Cover and interior art: Jack Gaughan

Joe Wehrle, Jr. at Clarion

Where is Janice Gantry?

Excerpt from “The Creative Works of Joe Wehrle, Jr.” from The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018. His story, “Kromaflies,” appears in The Digest Enthusiast No. 10, June 2019. (Quotes gleaned from Joe’s interviews or correspondence.)

In 1968, Robin Scott Wilson organized the first Clarion Writers’ Workshop for fantasy and science fiction at the Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. The staff of visiting lecturers during its first year included Judith Merril, Fritz Leiber, Harlan Ellison, Kate Wilhelm, and Damon Knight. Joe Wehrle, Jr. was one of several students lucky enough to attend.

“When I attended the workshop in 1968 (with Karen and five-month-old Jill outside on a blanket among the trees),” Joe said, “Harlan Ellison told us, ‘I know we’re talking science fiction writing here, but if you want to study a really good modern writing style, you guys should be reading John D. MacDonald.’ Two I particularly remember enjoying are Dead Low Tide and Where is Janice Gantry, and his dozen or so Travis McGee stories are all very good too. The last one, The Lonely Silver Rain, is compelling, because, along with the mystery, Travis discovers and gets to know a daughter he had no idea existed.”

While at the workshop, Joe told me in 2010: “I wrote a story called ‘Kromaflies,’ which Robin Scott Wilson liked, Fritz Leiber felt showed that I had put a lot of thought into the development of the society I wrote about, and Harlan Ellison pretty much hated, although he did agree I was a ‘plotter,’ which was high praise from Harlan, who had no patience with anyone who wrote off the top of their head with no object in mind.”

Joe’s bibliography appears on the Larque Press website.